Petition for Release from the Merrimack College Residency Agreement
The Merrimack College Residency Agreement is a legally binding agreement and is in effect for the full period of dates listed in the document. However, the Office of Residence Life recognizes that unforeseen or extenuating circumstances may impinge on a student's ability to honor the full term of the agreement.
Circumstances which may warrant consideration for release from the Merrimack College Residency Agreement include extreme and/or prolonged medical conditions which require treatment unavailable through the College; extreme financial hardship; and/or military deployment.
Students should not submit a petition for release if any of the following is true: they have withdrawn from the College; they have been approved for a leave of absence from the College; they are studying abroad or participating in a co-op program; they are graduating mid-year; or they are dismissed from the College for academic reasons or removed from housing for student conduct reasons.
Petitions for release from the Merrimack College Residency Agreement will not be considered based on the following reasons:
The student is experiencing a roommate conflict
Non-occupancy of an assigned room
Dissatisfaction with a room assignment
A lease has been signed off-campus OR alternative housing arrangements have been made
Lack of knowledge regarding or a misinterpretation of Residence Life policies, Community Standards, or the terms of the Merrimack College Residency Agreement
Students experiencing difficulty with their living situation should contact their Area Coordinator. Students who secure an off-campus lease may be responsible for the full cost of room and board in addition to the cost of their lease.
Submitted petitions will be reviewed by a committee made up of administrators from the Dean of Student's Office, the Office of Residence Life, the Bursar's Office, and the Financial Aid Office. Please note, submitting reviewable documentation does not guarantee that a release will be granted. We advise against seeking off-campus or alternative housing arrangements until your petition has been granted.
When submitted, the petition must include sufficient and detailed documentation from an official source in support of the request. Insufficient documentation will result in a denial. Petitions which are denied for insufficient documentation will not be eligible for amendment. Students who wish to seek further review will need to submit a new petition with sufficient documentation. Students whose petitions are denied for any reason will be responsible for the full cost of room and board.
Petitions which are granted are subject to the refund schedule set by the Bursar's Office. Students whose petitions are granted are also subject to a $500.00 early termination fee, and forfeit their housing deposit. Students will be contacted via their Merrimack College e-mail with a decision regarding their petition.